February 2020

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Welcome to the future! The plant runs fully automated; robots glide silently back and forth, ensuring an optimized process; and your maintenance technician—with a few keystrokes—can tell you exactly how each piece of equipment is running. The promise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been delivered.

Thompson, A., Emerson Automation Solutions

Welcome to the future! The plant runs fully automated; robots glide silently back and forth, ensuring an optimized process; and your maintenance technician—with a few keystrokes—can tell you exactly how each piece of equipment is running. The promise of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been delivered. Unfortunately, we are not quite there yet. Modernizing manufacturing and hydrocarbon facilities is not just a C-suite desire, it is also a business imperative to ensure that a facility can meet the demands of the marketplace for the next decade and beyond. However, meeting that challenge can seem daunting, especially when manufacturing and most major industries are facing a shortag

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